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Heanton Nursing Home celebrates Aviation Day

The 19th August is Aviation Day which celebrates the development of powered flight. The 19th was chosen as it was Orville Wright's birthday, who famously went on to fly the first aeroplane with his brother in 1903, so although Aviation Day is an American observance, it is of interest to aviation fans from across the globe.

One of those global fans is 90-year-old, Albert (Bob) Hobson, who spent much of his life in the RAF. He now lives at Heanton Nursing Home, near Barnstaple and they are helping him to celebrate his interest in avionics. He has lived at the home since the summer of 2015 and it is remarkable to think that Albert was born just 26 years after the Wright brothers’ historical first flight.

Albert joined the RAF as an engineer in the 1940s. He met his wife, Doris, in Newcastle when she was over on holiday from Ireland and they fell in love. When Albert’s job took him out to the Far East, she flew out to join him in on an RAF base in Singapore where they were married in 1952.

She said that she had grown up in Ireland, so moving to Singapore was a huge change for her. She went on to say that Albert had wanted to be an engineer from an early age and was always great at fixing anything around their home. In Singapore they lived in quarters at RAF Changi and Albert loved his work. It was an exciting time to be an engineer as the RAF were changing from having propeller driven aircraft to newer, jet powered aircraft.

Doris said Singapore was a wonderful place to live and she has many happy memories from their time there. Albert worked for the RAF for his whole career and it took him to other parts of the Far East as well as Aden and Germany, before Doris and he eventually settled down in Devon.

Heanton Nursing Home was recently rated as “outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission and Doris lives nearby. The Home cares for 52 “family members” who are each at the centre of every decision made. The care team make detailed notes about each family member’s life history as it is only by knowing their likes, dislikes and interests that they can truly offer the best person-centred care.

Sixty-seven years after getting married, Albert now lives with dementia, and Doris visits him in the home every week and says the Heanton care team are excellent and she really appreciates everything they do for him.

Jerry Short
care writer


Looking forward to a new you in 2020? What have you got planned for the darker winter days? Ever thought of trying out water-colour painting, photography or printing but not wanted to pay for a course without knowing what to expect? How about some dance or movement classes, hula hooping is joyful! Art, craft, photography, music making, knitting and more are all going to be available for you to try out for FREE at The Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington, on Wednesday 2 October. All ages and abilities welcome.

Don't think you can get there? Read on there could be a solution…

The Plough is one of the partners in a new idea to look at using a wide range of activities to help people banish the blues and tackle loneliness. The two Torrington GP Health Centres, Torridge Voluntary Services (TTVS), the Care Forum and The Plough are working together on a pilot to connect people with things they'd like to do but for some reason can't manage. The problem could be transport, nothing local enough that appeals or being low and demotivated. The pilot is part of a new group called Torrington 100 - the 100 being the one hundred square miles and 16 villages around Torrington served by the two GP practices.

Two local people, Bridget Cordory and Cathy Richards, have just started work as Community developers for the project and are visiting all 16 villages and Great Torrington to look at what's going on already and what people would like to be happening. They want to know what's stopping people from getting involved too.

Torrington 100 will be using the day on 2 October to launch the project and they want to listen to your views. They are looking for people to help act as a local focal point too so if you are interested you can volunteer to be a contact for your village.

Taster Day Details: Wednesday 2 October 11:00 am- 4:00pm
There will be 1hr classes during the whole day and you can drop in for a morning, lunch or afternoon session starting at 11.00am, 12:30 or 2pm. There will be a range of new courses planned for January to March so if you like what you try you can sign up, but there's no obligation. The day will be held at The Plough Arts Centre, Fore Street, Great Torrington. Places are free but do call to register your interest and book a place: Box Office 01805 624624 If you want to come but have transport problems let us know when you book and we will see if there are car sharing possibilities.


Just a reminder that deadline for Reflecting Shebbear is 15 September for October edition regards Barry


In 2018 Shebbear has been denied a resident GP for the first time since 1890.

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